Another mode of vehicle smuggling across land borders hiding under the diplomatic cover of embassies has been discovered by the Nigerian customs service at the Seme border in Lagos.
The controller of the customs area of ​​Seme Border, Controller Bello Mohammed Jibo, revealed this on Tuesday during a briefing to reporters on the activities of the command between January and September.
Jibo exhibited four exotic vehicles with diplomatic license plates that were seized by his men.
He said smugglers attempting to bring taxable vehicles into the country without paying tariffs were hiding under the pretext that the vehicle belonged to a diplomat.
Jibo said after examination and investigation, claims that the vehicles belonged to embassies and that diplomatic officials were traveling there proved to be false.
The command, according to him, also intercepted contraband items worth one thousand two hundred and forty four (1,244) contraband items with a paid value (PDV) of eight hundred and eighty six million four hundred and twenty eight thousand one hundred and sixty three Naira, forty-one kobo (N886, 428, 163.41) only between January and September of this year.
The command added that he received the sum of seven hundred and eighteen million eight hundred and twenty eight thousand five hundred and twenty nine Naira, eighty five kobo (N718 828 529.85) solely as income during the period under review.
During this period, the order also processed and output an exported trade volume of six hundred and thirty five thousand one hundred and forty nine naira, twenty-three kobo (635, 149.23) metric tons, with a free on board (FOB) value of fifteen billion five hundred and sixty four million one hundred and thirty thousand five hundred and eighteen Naira, nine kobo (N15, 564, 130, 518.09) only, and the NESS value of seventy-eight million two hundred and three thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine naira, eighty-one kobo (N78, 203, 779. 81) only.
Under ETLS, the command processed and released one thousand three hundred and fourteen (1314) trucks of goods under the regime.
Explaining some of the items seized, Jibo said in July 2021, the command made a massive seizure of three thousand one hundred and eighty-six (3,186) packages of cannabis sativa concealed in sand cutting along the Badagry- road. Seme.
“In addition, at our last press conference, the command handed over two hundred and thirty-two (232) packages of cannabis sativa to the Seme Special Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
“Securing our borders is a collective responsibility; Nigeria’s customs service ensures inter-agency cooperation and coordination between all other border security agencies, ”he said.
The command however lamented that the economic policies of the Republic of Benin affected its income, claiming that all goods passing through Benin are required to pay duties and taxes by the government of the Republic of Benin, which is contrary to protocols. of ECOWAS and international transit agreements. .

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos